May 9, 2003
HUNTSVILLE, Texas...Sam Houston State kept The University of Texas at Arlington bats quiet for the first five innings of the game until the Mavericks erupted for seven runs in the sixth inning for a come from behind 11-4 victory over Bearkats in the first game of the series Friday afternoon at Holleman Field.
UTA (31-19, 17-5 SLC) got on the scoreboard in the second inning as Chris Taylor hit his eighth home run of the season over the right field fence.
The Kats (18-30, 7-15 SLC) quickly responded in the home half of the second as the first three batters of the inning reached on a walk, single to left field and a bunt base hit. With one out, Dustin Martin hit a sacrifice fly to center field to tie the score at one. Jeremy Locke followed with a two-run triple down the right field line to give SHSU the 3-1 advantage.
SHSU stretched its lead to 4-1 when Jordan Foster singled in Locke in the fourth inning.
UTA reliever Pierce Loveless quieted the Bearkat bats the rest of the game as he allowed only five hits over the final 5.2 innings while striking out three to even his season record at 3-3.
The Mavs came alive in the sixth as Darrell Preston singled through the right side on the first pitch of the inning and Scott Williams singled to right field chasing the SHSU starter from the game. Reliever Caleb Rodgers walked Robby Deevers and gave up a sacrifice fly to catcher Dustin Bozarth. After getting the second out of the inning, Rodgers walked Aaron Batlle to load the bases for Ryan Roberts. Roberts did not disappoint as he singled through the left side tying the game at four and chasing Rodgers from the game with the loss. Hunter Pence was hit in the back to load the bases again and Taylor plated all three runners with a double into left center field. Preston plated Taylor with his second single of the inning and went to second on an error by left fielder Martin. Williams' second hit of the inning scored Preston with the eighth run of the inning.
UTA padded its lead in the eighth inning as Taylor delivered a one out double off the left field fence and advanced to third on a Preston groundout. Williams scored Taylor with a single behind the bag at third. After stealing second, Deevers singled off the pitchers glove and when shortstop Jeremy Holzbach threw the ball away at first, Preston came in to score the 11th run of the game.
Batlle, Taylor, Preston and Williams each collected three hits as UTA pounded out 16 in the game. Taylor also knocked in four runs.
The Mavs and 'Kats will play the second game of the series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at Holleman Field.